18 September 2019

Greater China

  • Boris Johnson has faced accusations that he misled Queen Elizabeth over his reasons for suspending parliament. Photo: Reuters

    UK’s Johnson denies lying to Queen over parliament suspension

    Sep 13, 2019 11:13am
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied lying to Queen Elizabeth over the reasons for suspending the parliament after a court ruled his decision was unlawful. Scotland’s highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the parliament...
  • Donald Trump answers questions from the news media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    US to delay tariff hike on some Chinese goods by 2 weeks: Trump

    Sep 12, 2019 9:04am
    The United States has agreed to delay increasing tariffs on US$250 billion worth of Chinese imports from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 “as a gesture of goodwill”, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. Trump said the...
  • Hong Kong’s current protest movement has turned Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who opposes unification, into the frontrunner in the hotly contested January presidential race. Photo: Reuters

    China: The challenges of Hong Kong and Taiwan

    - Sep 9, 2019 2:28pm
    Twenty-two years ago, when Hong Kong became part of China, the former British colony’s relationship with Taiwan became part of China’s cross-straits relationship. Thus, when the pro-independence politician Chen Shui-bian became president of Taiwan in 2000,...
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Beijing's top officials had listened to her views. Photo: Reuters

    Germany’s Merkel presses for peaceful Hong Kong resolution

    Sep 9, 2019 10:17am
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel renewed calls for a peaceful solution to unrest in Hong Kong on Saturday during her trip to China. The Hong Kong protests have overshadowed a three-day visit Merkel had planned to use...
  • China's export growth is expected to slow further in coming months. Photo: Bloomberg

    China Aug exports shrink amid sharp fall in US shipments

    Sep 9, 2019 10:15am
    China’s exports unexpectedly fell in August as shipments to the United States slowed sharply, pointing to further weakness in the world’s second-largest economy and underlining a pressing need for more stimulus as the Sino-US trade war...
  • Protestors leave after lighting fire on a road during a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday. The unrest triggered by the extradition bill shows no signs of ending despite the withdrawal of the bill by the government. Photo: Reuters

    Police fire tear gas amid fresh violent protests over weekend

    Sep 9, 2019 9:37am
    Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Causeway Bay on Sunday, one of many violent incidents that took place over the weekend as the unrest in Hong Kong escalated. Police moved on protesters as they...
  • The Solomon Islands relies heavily on foreign assistance due to its limited means of generating income, which is largely through timber exports. Photo: Reuters

    Beijing offers fund for Solomon Islands to break Taiwan ties

    Sep 5, 2019 1:06pm
    China is offering to bankroll a development fund for the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific if it switches diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing, a parliamentary committee in the small island nation has heard. The...
  • Carrie Lam announces withdrawal of the extradition bill in a pre-recorded video address telecast Wednesday evening. Photo: HK Govt video/screenshot

    Carrie Lam announces withdrawal of extradition bill

    Sep 4, 2019 7:18pm
    Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill that has pushed the territory into its worst crisis in decades. Lam said the security secretary will formally pull...
  • Liu Yuejin, vice commissioner of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, said China has been cracking down on illicit fentanyl production. Photo: CNSA

    China says cooperation with US on fentanyl ‘extremely limited’

    Sep 3, 2019 3:09pm
    China and the United States have only “limited” cooperation in stopping fentanyl smuggling, a Chinese narcotics official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, after complaints China isn’t doing enough to help fight an opioid crisis in...
  • Costco's first store in China, which opened in Shanghai last Wednesday, had to close early on its first day because there were simply too many shoppers. Photo: Reuters

    Glaring wealth disparity in China

    - Sep 2, 2019 10:40am
    There are a number of interesting economic stories about food in China. The nation’s largest producer of pickled mustard products, Chongqing Fuling Zhacai Group Co. Ltd. (002507.CN), saw its annual sales revenue increase by only 1.9 percent...
  • File picture: Solomon Islands' Manasseh Sogavare with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei in 2017. Photo: AFP

    Solomon Islands eyes shift in ties to China from Taiwan

    Sep 2, 2019 8:22am
    The Solomon Islands, one of Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies, has formed a team of ministers to talk to Beijing ahead of a possible switch in ties that could be unveiled as early as this week,...
  • The Hong Kong government had suggested that some of the protesters' demands be accepted, but the plan was turned down by Beijing, according to a report. Photo: Bloomberg

    China rejected HK govt plan to appease protesters: report

    Aug 30, 2019 2:50pm
    Earlier this summer, Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, submitted a report to Beijing that assessed protesters’ five key demands and found that withdrawing a contentious extradition bill could help defuse the mounting political...
  • Alibaba's Jack Ma has once again spoken about the growing role that women will play in businesses in future. Photo: Bloomberg

    Meet ‘Jackie Ma’ of Alibaba

    - Aug 29, 2019 12:26pm
    If there is something Alibaba’s outgoing chairman Jack Ma wants different in his next life, it is about changing his gender. Speaking at the Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in Hangzhou on Wednesday, Ma said he hopes...
  • China is reported to have rejected another request from the US Navy for port calls. Reuters

    China denies Qingdao port visit for US warship: report

    Aug 28, 2019 3:38pm
    China has denied a request for a US Navy warship to visit the port city of Qingdao in recent days, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified US defense official. A US Navy destroyer had planned to make...
  • Hong Kong’s leaders have been so thoroughly out of touch with ordinary people that the protest movement took them by surprise. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong’s real problem is inequality

    - Aug 28, 2019 10:19am
    Since China regained sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997, the city has prospered economically, but festered politically. Now, one of the world’s richest cities is engulfed by protests, which have blocked roads, paralyzed the...
  • Chinese consumers have been bit by rising pork prices and a softer economy. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese provinces hand out pork subsidy amid price surge

    - Aug 27, 2019 10:38am
    China’s consumer inflation stood at 2.8 percent in July, the second highest level in over seven years. Food prices were up 9.1 percent during the month from a year ago, according to data from the National...
  • China's currency has fallen to its weakest level since February 2008 amid growing concerns over the Sino-US trade war. Photo: Bloomberg

    RMB hits fresh 11-year low as trade war intensifies

    Aug 26, 2019 2:54pm
    China’s currency, the renminbi, hit a fresh 11-year low against the US dollar on Monday amid growing worries over the escalating Sino-US trade war and its potential fallout on global growth. The onshore yuan fell 0.6...
  • Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles. While the United States now identifies China as the principal threat, it is unwilling to focus its shrinking resources on the Indo-Pacific. Photo: AFP

    China: Is ‘Asia for Asians’ security strategy working?

    - Aug 26, 2019 2:15pm
    Five years ago, in May 2014, President Xi Jinping took the United States aback when, at a regional conference held in Shanghai, he proposed the idea of “Asia for Asians” where security matters were concerned. Calling...
  • Washington’s tariff moves seriously damage the multilateral trade system and international trade order, Beijing said on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    China urges US to stop ‘wrong’ trade actions

    Aug 26, 2019 9:41am
    China said on Saturday that it strongly opposes Washington’s decision to levy additional tariffs on US$550 billion worth of Chinese goods, and warned the US of consequences if it does not end its “wrong actions”, Reuters...
  • Anti-government protesters clash with police in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district  on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Protest chaos grips Hong Kong with tear gas, water cannon

    Aug 26, 2019 8:50am
    Police fired water cannon and tear gas in running battles with brick-throwing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, the second day of violent clashes in the Chinese-ruled city. The protesters, many in masks and wearing...